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12:00 PM (Central Time): We had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, Sophie and I ran errands in Clovis, just the two of us, and we decided to visit the Clovis Zoo on the spur of the moment. It was fun! And we went ahead and bought a family pass for the year, so we can go back any time. It's very shady and much larger than I thought it would be. It's described as the second-largest zoo in New Mexico (to which we thought to ourselves--there are probably only two zoos in New Mexico!).

Sunday after church we drove down to Carlsbad (3 hours away) and met up with our friends from Albuquerque who spent the weekend camping. We stayed in White's City, which is just outside the caverns. We stayed in a motel that had a water park (two slides, and a play area for small kids). It was called a "Resort and Water Park." I have to say that description is quite a reach. When we arrived around 5:00 and went to the room, it hadn't been cleaned, which was somewhat unpleasant. But the kids changed into their swimsuits and played at the water park while we visited with our friends. The room was cleaned before too long, thank goodness. Our friends cooked dinner for us at their campsite and we stayed up late talking. The next day we slept in a little bit and then headed out to see the caverns. We took our friends' advice and took the elevator down and back up rather than hiking down and then walking around for the 1.5 miles inside. It was amazing! Then on the way back north, we stopped at the Living Desert Zoo north of Carlsbad. Interesting, but way too hot. Two zoos in one weekend!

It was just great to spend relaxing time with friends and our kids. It was a short trip, but a good one. Now.... back to reality!